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Plowing with a lifted truck?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by dobronos, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. dobronos

    dobronos Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 6

    I know this has been talked about in the past. I'm looking for a more recent response to my question. I have a 1999 Chevy 1500 3" body lift, 4" suspension lift, 35's on it with 5.3 v8. I believe the truck has the power to plow, I'm just worried that the plow wont be able put enough force to the ground to scrape? What do you guys think? - Mike
     
  2. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing Senior Member
    Messages: 718

    It shouldn't matter you set the plow frame at the same height as you would a truck that wasn't lifted. That is the only way to get the right angle of attack. You should have no problems if installed correctly
     
  3. blizzardsnow

    blizzardsnow Member
    Messages: 83

    Watch your tranny temp, lugging the bigger tires and pushing wet snow can be a problem.
     
  4. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 747

    I plow with a lifted truck and have for years. I have a fisher straight blade and modified the mounting ears. Works great. Switching to a 9'6 v soon.
     
  5. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    It would be more work to make it work right than a stock truck. But anything is possible with fabrication skills or access to a decent welding shop. Like another said, the bracket height has to be mounted within the plow's recommended specs. to make it plow correctly as well as to be able to mount & dismount. Frame brackets vary from brand to brand. Some, like Boss allow some adjustment. But probably not the 4"-6" you may need. Roughly, you can plan on lowering the mount the same amount of inches you have in lift/tires.
     
  6. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 747

    I would rather modify the plow than the truck mount for when the plow isn't mounted. Would rather not have a low mount.
     
  7. bigdeezle442

    bigdeezle442 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    you shouldn't have to modify much of anything, i had a chevy 2500 hd with a 6 inch lift and 35s and made it work with the adjustment that the plow had. It really wasn't that much different in height than my ford f550
     
  8. racer47

    racer47 Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    :mechanic: i got a pair of custom 6 or 8 inch drops made for Meyers e-z mount classic they are made to fit in stock mount with pins and they drop down and you plow pins to them they worked great for me on a lifted Chevy. very heavy duty custom fab no junk I'm in Ohio 45601 740 649 8015 this way your truck mount is up where its needs to be ussmileyflag
     
  9. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    The Fisher's are easy to modify for a lifted truck, I did the same thing with the mounting ears for my 85 K20 with 4" lift & 35's.

    I removed my A frame from the plow and took it to a welder, it cost me $30 and took maybe 20 minutes to do.
     
  10. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 747

    Yea. A couple pieces of metal, 2 new holes, some welding and bang, level again!
     
  11. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,114

    Body lift can be ignored altogether, it has no effect.
    Suspension lift + increase in tire RADIUS. This is how far you need to adjust down the mount points.

    Also note that the higher your truck is, the harder it will be to see anything in front of you.

    As mentioned, if you are running factory gearing, you may have trouble turning the bigger wheels. You can either gear it down (if not already done), or only plow in LOW RANGE.
     
  12. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 747

    What plow are you using?
     
  13. dobronos

    dobronos Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 6

    thanks for the replies guys! I really don't know which plow I want to go with.. I have most of the major plow dealers around me.. What would you guys recommend to go with in my situation? I'll mostly be plowing small residential driveways. - Mike
     
  14. allagashpm

    allagashpm Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    I have a buddy with a cummins, 6 inch lift and 37s...he has a 8'6 fisher v plow. He doesn't have any problems but I don't know how he can even see anything.
     
  15. yardguy28

    yardguy28 Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    my recommendation would be a boss blade.

    I do mostly small residential driveways. I have a super duty 8' straight blade.

    I'm actually in search of a standard 7'6" v blade around my area I can either trade or if I can sell my blade for around what I would need to pay for what I'm looking for I'd do that as well.

    I feel I'd do less back dragging on shorter driveways with a v blade as I can just pull right in and push most of the snow to the left and right.
     
  16. dobronos

    dobronos Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 6

    Thanks guys, I just talked to my local scag dealer who also does Boss plows. They said there will no problem and they will be able to adjust/modify the mount. Thanks for all the help. - Mike
     
  17. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    I don't have that problem, as long as you can see your blade guides he'll be fine.
     
  18. nighthawk117

    nighthawk117 Senior Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 165

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jasonv
    Also note that the higher your truck is, the harder it will be to see anything in front of you.

    Been plowing with a lifted S.D. / Boss v-plow for many years now and the visibility is far better than a stock truck !! I have never had a single problem with the truck or the plow/mount, it now has 170k miles on it. :drinkup:
     
  19. djr623

    djr623 Member
    Messages: 60

     
  20. Mike N

    Mike N Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    I plowed for years with a 79 K20 that had 10" of lift and 36" Buckshot Radial Mudders. I had a modified plow frame with a Meyers E47 pump and a 7' 6" Western blade.